The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has begun the sale of permanent trout and waterfowl permits to resident sportsmen 65 years of age or older on July 16. The new permits were approved in the recent Arkansas legislative session.
To be eligible for the permits, sportsmen must already possess or be eligible for a 65+ lifetime fishing, hunting or combination license. In order to be eligible for the 65+ license, proof of age and Arkansas residency of at least three years will be required as of July 16. Current 65+ license holders do not have to show proof of residency before getting the permits.
To be eligible for the permanent waterfowl permit, hunters must possess or purchase the 65+ combination or hunting license.
For those fishermen who would like to purchase the trout permit, they must also possess or purchase the 65+ combination or fishing license. The trout permit will cost $5 and the waterfowl permit $7.
The 65+ waterfowl permit is sufficient for waterfowl hunting, but hunters who want the actual Arkansas duck stamp will have to purchase it separately. A federal duck stamp will still have to be purchased annually to go along with the waterfowl permit. All migratory bird hunters must also have proof of Harvest Information Program registration.
Applications for the 65 and older license can be picked up at many license dealers. Call 1-800-364-4263 during business hours to have an application mailed or for answers to any questions. Licenses and the new permits are available in person at any regional office or the Little Rock central office.